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Grow the Game

Grow the Game

The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation.

The FA fund Grow the Game


The Grow the Game Scheme is closed for applications.

Eligible projects

Grow the Game provides funding for projects that use football to:

  • increase participation by both players and volunteers


Applications are welcome from organisations that are 'not for profit' and planning to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years.

Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).

Who can apply

We welcome applications from any not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • Football Clubs*
  • Youth Clubs with a football programme
  • Futsal Clubs
  • Community groups/centre/clubs
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Parish Councils
  • Sports Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Multi-sports clubs
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Professional Club Community Schemes
  • Industrial and provident societies
  • Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • University and College Teams playing in FA affiliated community leagues


* Please note, clubs based outside of England, such as Colwyn Bay, Guernsey, Merthyr Town, Newport IOW and Wrexham are eligible to apply as they play in the English National League System.

Who can't apply

  • Individuals
  • Profit making organisations
  • Leagues
  • Educational establishments
  • University teams playing in BUCS, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • College Teams playing in AOC, Intramural, or non-FA affiliated leagues
  • Organisations who received a Grow the Game grant offered in 2016, or a three-year grant offered in 2015

  • Groups wishing to apply for charitable status (further support is available from the Charity Commission's website)

  • Walking Football Clubs

  • Organisations seeking restrospective funding for costs that have already been made or are due before an offer of a grant has been awarded

Costs covered by the grant

Grow the Game provides funding to contribute towards a combination of the following essential costs associated with providing new football activity:

  • Facility hire

  • Hire of FA qualified coaches

  • Referees fees

  • CRB checks

  • Affiliation fees

  • League entry

  • First aid kits

  • Promotion and publicity

  • FA coaching courses

  • Additional courses

  • Football kit

Grant limits

Organisations are able to receive a grant of £1,500 per new team created over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project.

Clubs will be required to contribute some elements of cost towards to the new teams, however evidence of partnership funding will not be requested.


Grow the Game case studies

Applying for funding

This area of the website is split into seven sections to provide support on every step of your project, from pre-application advice to maximising participation. Use the navigation on the right to move between sections.

We recommend reading through all of the sections before proceeding with your project.

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